The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?

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Click for availability and more information The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?, by Thomas Cathcart
The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge? by Thomas Cathcart is an interesting philosophical study. Cathcart poses an unusual hypothetical case in which a trolley is flying down a track, out of control. On the track are five workers, unaware of the danger. On a spur (or side) track, a single man is working. Would you throw a switch to divert the train to the spur and sacrifice 1 to save 5? What about the rights of the single man? To complicate matters, there's a man on a bridge, standing next to a rather portly man. Should the portly man be thrown on the tracks to stop the train? The author tries to draw an analogy with a case in which a doctor "harvests" a living man's organs to save 5 people. Is he guilty of manslaughter?

Cathcart cleverly describes a hypothetical trial, in which arguments are made for and against certain actions. Then he presents arguments by different elements of society (academia, medicine, religion, philosophy, etc.). The groups raise questions of ethics, morality, law and logic. Does the greater good for the many supersede the rights of the individual? This book will make you question your own preconceptions.

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